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City tries to keep its cool

THE city broiled again yesterday as the mercury rose to 38.7 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day of the year and the 13th high-temperature day this summer.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said the heat wave will continue for another four to six days with the maximum temperature likely reaching 38 degrees today and tomorrow.

In the afternoon, heavy rain brought some relief yesterday.

The rain lasted several hours, the bureau said. Although the rainfall was not heavy - Minhang District received the most with 12.8 millimeters - it still brought the temperature down to about 31 degrees in downtown areas at 6:35pm, the bureau said.

More rain is possible today and people were advised to bring umbrellas when going out in the afternoon.

The bureau issued a yellow thunder alert, the lowest of a three-level system, at 4:25pm yesterday. The alerts were dropped at 6:50pm.

Meanwhile, the city's power load hit a record high of 25.7 gigawatts yesterday despite electricity being cut to some factories, Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd said.

The city's power capacity kept up at 26.5 gigawatts with about 9.5 gigawatts being provided from the national grid, Shanghai Electric said.

"The power supply was stable overall, but there were some intense situations in areas," a company media officer said.

The power load could reach 26 gigawatts this week because of the hot weather, the company said.

"Electricity will be cut at more factories if necessary," said Xu Chuanpu, deputy general manager of Shanghai Electric. "But the supply for households will not be affected."

The power supply was already overloaded in some areas in the Pudong New Area and Baoshan and Yangpu districts.

The increasing power load also caused some power failures in homes.

Operators of the hotline 95598 answered 38,893 phone calls about electricity problems on Sunday, almost doubling the summer average, Shanghai Electric said.

More than 5,000 problems were reported on Sunday and 4,269 were solved as of yesterday, the company said.

The temperature increased very quickly after sunrise and the bureau yesterday issued an orange heat alert, second highest of a three-level system, at 7:40am.

At about 10:35am, the downtown temperature already exceeded 37 degrees, the bureau said. Yesterday was the fifth consecutive day with the temperature surpassing 35 degrees, the bureau said.

The bureau suggested people drink 1.5 to 2 liters of water per day to prevent heatstroke.

The city consumed a record amount of water because of the heat, the water authority said.

Water supplies would be restricted in factories and bathing venues if there was a serious shortage among households, it said.

Water consumption in downtown districts reached more than 6.5 million cubic meters on Sunday.


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